Covid-19: Trump is criticised for again promoting unorthodox medical informationBMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3046 (Published 30 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3046
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Money trumping the wisdom, making even President Trump helpless Re: Covid-19: Trump is criticised for again promoting unorthodox medical information
Having seen the video of Dr Stella, we would like to support President Trump for retweeting the video supporting Hydroxychloroquine in treatment of Covid-19. May it be an emotional outburst clubbed with personal experience, she has been able to make her point to the extent of influencing the most powerful man on earth.
Given the fact that all efforts ranging from publication of fake studies in renowned journals to hasty closure of HCQ arm of Solidarity trial(1) have been made to malign the role of Hydroxychloroquine in Covid-19; it can be said with certainty that the drug has not been given fair opportunity to prove itself. Pharmaceutical Industry supported behemoths(2) with vested interests seem to be dictating guidelines for a disease which is still killing thousands of people all across globe.
Absence of any visible action against the authors of studies published and later retracted(3) in Lancet and NEJM(4) on basis of undisclosed data is an indication of wider nexus and deeper roots of the problem. Rather than criticising the US president at the drop of hat, scientific community better come out of pharmaceutical influence and work in transparent and clean manner with clear intent of saving lives.
1. WHO drops hydroxychloroquine from Covid-19 clinical trial - STAT [Internet]. [cited 2020 Jul 31]. Available from: https://www.statnews.com/2020/06/17/who-drops-hydroxychloroquine-covid-1...
2. A Tale of Two Drugs: Money vs. Medical Wisdom [Internet]. AAPS | Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 31]. Available from: https://aapsonline.org/a-tale-of-two-drugs-money-vs-medical-wisdom/
3. Mehra MR, Ruschitzka F, Patel AN. Retraction—Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis. The Lancet. 2020 Jun 13;395(10240):1820.
4. Mehra MR, Desai SS, Kuy S, Henry TD, Patel AN. Retraction: Cardiovascular Disease, Drug Therapy, and Mortality in Covid-19. N Engl J Med. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2007621. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jun 25;382(26):2582–2582.
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